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SKILLS OF A LAWYER

SOFT SKILLS AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE.


MEANING OF SOFT SKILL

Soft Skills are:


• Skills, abilities and traits that pertain to personality,
attitude and behavior.
• Soft Skills is the ability to project yourself that creates
positive impact on others.
• Soft Skills are not technical skill.
SOFT SKILLS FOR PERSONALITY
DEVELOPMENT
• Soft Skills plays a vital role in the development of PERSONALITY.
• Few of the Soft Skills are as under : – (explain pointwise as explained in class)
i) Communication Skill (refer to given PPT on Communication Skill)
ii) Confidence (includes points dictated in class)
iii) Body Language (refer to given PPT on Communication Skill)
iv) Positive Attitude
v) Presentation Skill
vi) Dress Up and Grooming.
vii) Effective Public Speaking
viii) Team Work
ix) Time Management
x) Interpersonal Skill
(Note: For more explanation refer PPT (A-Z ) on Soft Skill) ..
SOFT SKILLS MUST FOR
LAWYERS/SOLICITOR
• Team work
• Interpersonal skill
• Communication
• Commercial acumen
• Commitment and dedication to a legal career
• Attention to detail
• Honesty and integrity
• Pro-activity
• Ambition
• Image is vital
• Enthusiasm and Energy
• Individuality
• Sense of humor
• Extra-curricular activities
• Legal/commercial work experience
• Judgement
• Analytical Skill
• Research and Reading Skill
• People Skill
• Perseverance
• Creativity
• Knowledge.
• Professional Ethics
• Time Management.
TEAM WORK
• One of the most important skills you'll need to be a successful solicitor is the ability to be
a useful member of a team. When applying, ensure that you highlight examples that
show you're are a good team player and leader during university and your past
work experiences. At law firms you will need to be a good team player because
teamwork is a very important to get-on in your legal career.
• Teamwork consists of working with others to form a consensus and reach the best
possible outcome for all parties, whether in transactions, mediations or arbitrations.
Negotiations are based around working with teams which often not only includes
working with your colleagues in your department, but those from other groups to form
multi-disciplinary teams, which also has input by the client and other professionals. The
ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others is of fundamental importance
to working successfully at a law firm.
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
• Any lawyer must be able to communicate effectively with their client. Your ability

to relate and interact with others in such a way as to engender confidence, form

lasting relationships, and clearly explain complex situations in a clear manner is

integral to the role of a solicitor. In addition, having good "people skills" will help

you to interact with a wide variety of characters at your firm and fit into the culture

of the firm.

• At times, you will need to tap into the know-how of different people in order to get-

on. For example, the librarians and secretaries play such a pivotal role in the daily

function of a law firm. If you build up a good rapport with your secretary, your

work may be placed on the top of the pile and your work turnaround quickly,
INTERPERSONAL….
• The most successful lawyers tend to be personable and able to work
effectively with people by cultivating, building, developing and
maintaining relationships with clients and colleagues alike. As you
progress through your career, your firm will expect you to build up a
list of contacts and eventually win new business. Marketing
opportunities are very important and you need to be able to show
clients that as well as being a solid legal technician, you are also
"good value" in a social context.
COMMUNICATION

• Being able to communicate clearly and effectively on paper or face-to-face or over


the telephone underpins the role of a solicitor. This is because the role of a solicitor
largely involves being able to advise and negotiate effectively with their client
and the other side to ensure a deal runs smoothly. The use of clear language will
be valued by both your clients and colleagues. Client care is fundamental and
possessing excellent communication skills will help you to communicate ideas and
advice to your clients.

• To effectively communicate with the client involves the ability to listen to the
clients, to know their needs and to know the blind spot and missing information
of their case. So, only when a lawyer understands the client’s case then they can
develop and encourage and facilitates the client’s case in more effective way.
COMMUNICATION

• In order to argue convincingly in the court room


before juries and judges also, good public speaking
skills are essential.
COMMERCIAL ACUMEN
• Based on talking to recruiters up and down the country this is the single most desirable

attribute employers look for in a future trainee, and is becoming more and more important for

modern day legal practice. Trainee solicitors are expected to emerge not only as good

lawyers, but as sound business advisors as well. Commercial awareness, simply put, is

developing an understanding of the business environment in which law firms and their clients

operate. Aspiring lawyers must be able to appreciate the role of a commercial lawyer and the

commercial context in which they provide the legal advice.

• The best way to demonstrate that you have what it takes to cut it as a commercial lawyer is to

demonstrate your ability to think commercially, and from a client's perspective as early as

possible. As a commercial lawyer you need to understand your clients' businesses in order to

give them the best legal advice. Recruiters will look for candidates who have a keen
COMMERCIAL ACUMEN
understanding of the business world.

• A commercial client will not care about the technical meaning of legal
terminology, but she will be deeply interested in the impact that it may
have on the transaction at hand. For City firms especially, legal advice
always takes on a business element and every student needs to be
commercially aware, so that you will be able to contextualize legal
advice to the client.
COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO
A LEGAL CAREER
• With intense competition for places, it is vital that students can
demonstrate a long-term commitment to a career in law, which can be
shown through work experience. It is important that you acquire work
experience in both a legal and commercial environment to evidence
your interest, enthusiasm and motivation for pursuing a legal career.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL

• When lawyers draft contracts, a single word in the wrong


place can change the emphasis of a clause and possibly the
outcome for your client. A lawyer is expected to have a
thorough, accurate and meticulous approach to their work.
Committing any glaring grammatical or punctuation mistakes
on your application form is the easiest way to fast track your
application to the rejection pile.
HONESTY AND INTEGRITY

• Clients expect lawyers to work to a high moral standard, total


professional integrity and ethical code, because they will only instruct
lawyer/solicitor they trust. Solicitors' professional conduct rules are
strict guidelines ensuring lawyers always act in their clients' best
interests; client confidentiality and professionalism are paramount to
safeguard the reputation and standards of the legal profession.
PRO-ACTIVITY

• Firms gets impressed by the candidates who value their skills and
strengths. This can be demonstrated by the way in which you apply to
the firm. For example, aspiring lawyers rarely seem to ask law firms
for unpaid work experience; shadowing a solicitor is a really good
way of gaining an insight into legal practice, and follows the proviso
that, once you impress the solicitor and other professionals at the firm
- they will offer you a job.
AMBITION

• Many aspiring lawyers are extremely ambitious, determined


and driven. In such a competitive business, you should have a
clear and realistic plan of where you imagine your career
heading in the next five to ten years, and whether it is your
aspiration to become a partner at a law firm, or a senior
counsel in-house at a global blue-chip company.
IMAGE IS VITAL

• Project a professional and businesslike personal brand. Your attitude


and source of motivation for becoming a lawyer is really important;
before a firm commits to employing you, they will want to be sure
that their clients will see you in a positive way. First impressions
always count for so much. Even when completing your application
forms, so take your time over your applications and carefully consider
the image you are conveying.
ENTHUSIASM AND ENERGY
• Demonstrate a real interest for the firm you are applying to,
and the type of work they do. Your passion will enable you to
talk about the firm and the reasons for your application in a
vibrant way. You will naturally come across as highly-
motivated applicant that will fit in and do well at the firm.
INDIVIDUALITY

• Always be yourself and do not try to be someone that you think firms
are looking for. Firms don't want order-following clones on the career
treadmill! They want to see a variety of individual personalities with
sparky characters. At interviews, always give answers that are
personal and unique to you, rather than the answer you think
interviewers want to hear.
SENSE OF HUMOUR
• Allow your personality to shine through at interview. Firms want
individuals who are not afraid to be themselves, express their opinions
and who know what they want out of their legal career. Throughout
your legal career you will have to socialize constantly and your ability
to talk to people is important to your employability prospects. During
the course of your training contract, you may end up working into the
early hours of the morning on a large transaction. Any associate will
appreciate working with someone whose personality helps to keep
spirits high and boost the morale of the team.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

• Your interests and hobbies can be an incredible selling point, as this is


your opportunity to showcase your personality. How else will you
show that you have developed into a well-rounded individual? Law
firms aim to recruit a variety of personalities and the way you spend
your free-time adds value to your credentials to show how you
manage your time, your leadership qualities and that you are an
interesting and fun person to work with. Use whatever you say to
reinforce to the recruiter that you have all the qualities they are
looking for.
LEGAL/COMMERCIAL WORK
EXPERIENCE
• Legal/commercial work experience can be the decisive factor at interviews. Lots of
savvy candidates will use this kind of experience to integrate their commercial awareness
and transferable skills into their CV/applications. Eye-catching experience or interests
can make a significant difference to being selected for interview. If you do not yet have
any work experience it is necessary that you do your best to find some. If you are
interested in a particular area, there is no better way of expressing your interest than
having gained solid experience in this area of the law. Gaining an insight into the
realities of working life also shows you appreciate how academia translates into the day-
to-day practicalities of working as a lawyer; because there is a huge difference between
studying and practicing law as the two require completely different sets of skills. Any
vacation placements will be an advantage, and if marketed effectively could give you an
edge over other applicants with similar academic grades.
JUDGEMENT

• The ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions or


assumptions from limited information is essential as
lawyer.
ANALYTICAL SKILL
• At times, there will be more than one reasonable
conclusion, to resolve a situation. A lawyer must
therefore have the evaluation skill inorder to choose
which is the most suitable one.
RESEARCH & READING SKILLS

• Being able to research quickly and effectively is essential


for understanding your client, their needs and for
preparation of legal strategies.

• In real matters great amount of reading and research is


needed in order to find useful information that is helpful in
the case.
PEOPLE SKILL
• They must be personable, persuasive and able to read
others. This allow them to gauge juror’s reaction and the
honesty of witnesses.
PERSEVERANCE

• When working on a matter, they must have the


perseverance(dedication to do something despite difficulties
or hindrances) to complete the work necessary to drive it to
a successful finish.
CREATIVITY

• The very great lawyers are not only logical and analytical,
but they display a great deal of creativity in their problem
solving.
KNOWLEDGE

• A good lawyer must have a great deal of knowledge about


different areas of law. When you will have the good
foundation of knowledge of law then you use the legal sense
to spot the issue and to solve the problem.
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

• Professional ethics is the need of the hour in India.

• When a person is at the work spot, he must think of his work only.

• He must put his heart & soul into the work.

• Each employee is an organic part of the organization & must strive to


contribute his mite to the successful functioning of the organization.
TIME MANAGEMENT

• Prioritize the work & schedule your time accordingly.

• Important work should be allotted more time & taken up first.


SIGNIFICANCE OF SOFT SKILL FOR
LAWYERS
• Soft Skills’ Are What Make Good Lawyers Great.
• In addition to learning your craft, some of what you truly need to
focus on, both now and throughout your career, are the so-called “soft
skills.” These important skills will help you discover what you want in
a career, enable you to learn about unique opportunities that may not
be posted anywhere, help you land jobs and clients and, ultimately,
become a successful professional in the career path of your choice.

• Technical Skill gets you to the interview while Soft Skill gets you the
job.
SIGNIFICANCE………….

• Law is a service industry that is client-centric, many employers are


evaluating candidates for the whole package. They want to see that you have
numerous skills that will be essential for your success as a lawyer. They
want to hire someone they can introduce to others within the organization,
trust with their clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel and judges. They want
lawyers who are enthusiastic about their work, who are creative go-getters,
and who can work independently as well as on teams. Employers look for
these and other key competencies when they are looking for law students
and lawyers to hire. Therefore, Soft skill helps in meeting all the demands of
the client and the employer.
SIGNIFICANCE…………..

• Soft skill are very important as it helps -

i) To handle interpersonal relations.

ii) To take appropriate decisions.

iii) To communicate effectively.

iv) To have good impression and impact to gain professional


development.
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